Plain White T’S

Posted March 26, 2009 in

Plain White T’s are often perceived as a “chick thing” because their biggest hits have been ballads: the acoustic, Grammy-nominated “Hey There Delilah” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 and the equally saccharine “1,2,3,4” is currently top 10 at Hot AC radio. But the Chicago alt-popsters tend to rock it out more in concert like the aesthetically similar Jimmy Eat World and All-American Rejects (one Pomona Vans Warped Tour stop a few years ago saw many guys nodding in approval). The T’s put out three albums via O.C. indie label Fearless—including 2006’s raucous All That We Needed – before signing to Hollywood Records. Latest effort Big Bad World contains plenty of effervescent gems inspired by the Beach Boys (“Sunlight”), Bob Dylan (“I Really Want You”) and ‘70s power pop (“That Girl”). “We tried to give every song as classic a treatment as we possibly could, with lots of great melodies and harmonies,” singer Tom Higgenson told me last fall. Keeping that in mind, the new “Three Part Harmony: A Show in Three Acts” tour will include rock and acoustic segments and a medley with specially created transitions. Meanwhile, “Natural Disaster,” the band’s propulsive tune about a vixen, is featured on Hopeless/SubCity Records’ compilation Take Action, Vol. 8. Part of the proceeds go to non-profit organization Do Something. (George A. Paul) 


Plain White T’s, Vedera, Danger Radio at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; Tues., Mar. 31. Doors open at 7PM; $15


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